J Le Guillou

École Nationale Vétérinaire, Agroalimentaire et de l'Alimentation Nantes-Atlantique, Naoned, Pays de la Loire, France

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    ABSTRACT: Cryopreservation is widely used to preserve the quality of bull spermatozoa over time. Sequestration of seminal plasma proteins by low density lipoproteins and formation of a protective film around the spermatozoa membrane by low density lipoproteins were the main mechanisms proposed. However, the organization of lipids in the outer leaflet of the spermatozoa membrane has been never considered as a possible parameter. This study evaluated whether a change in the organization of the outer leaflet of the spermotozoa membrane could occur during cooling down. The organization of the main components of the spermatozoa membrane's outer layer at the liquid-gas interface was analysed. Cryopreservative media (at 8° and 34°C) were used to study the miscibility of the spermatozoa membrane lipids using epifluorescence imaging and by tensiometry on Langmuir films. The results show that the four lipids: sphingomyelin, cholesterol, 1-palmitoyl-2-docosahexaenoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PC) and plasmalogen 1-(1Z-octadecenyl)-2-docosahexaenoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (P-PC) were not fully miscible and their organization was controlled by temperature. Cholesterol and sphingomyelin form condensed domains surrounded by a mixture of PC and P-PC at 34°C while these condensed domains are surrounded by separated domains of pure PC and pure P-PC at 8°C. The organization of the outer membrane lipids, in particular the separation of PC and P-PC lipids during cooling down, must be considered to fully understand preservation of membrane integrity during cryopreservation.
    Colloids and surfaces B: Biointerfaces 03/2013; 108C:246-254. DOI:10.1016/j.colsurfb.2013.02.040 · 4.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of a combination of 6% low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and 20 mm glutamine in comparison with other extenders used for the refrigeration of canine semen: Tris egg yolk (EY) 20% and 6% LDL. The percentages of mobile spermatozoa after 4 days storage in a domestic refrigerator at +4°C were 53.1%, 44.2% and 52.2% for the 6% LDL + 20 mm glutamine, 20% EY and 6% LDL extenders respectively for 100% of the dogs. After 7 days of storage, these percentages fell to 37.8%, 26.4% and 33.6% in the same extenders for 50% of the dogs. In vitro fertility tests were performed with all of the extenders following the mobility results. These tests were conducted on the day of sampling (D0), and 48 and 96 h after sampling. The results of the hypo-osmotic swelling test were 82.6%, 81.2% and 85.7% on D0, 75.2%, 74.1% and 78.5% on D2, and 70.8%, 71% and 76.1% on D4 for the 6% LDL + 20 mm glutamine, 20% EY and 6% LDL extenders, respectively. For the FITC/pisum sativum agglutinin (PSA) test, the results were 81.5%, 70.2% and 84.8% on D0, 78.9%, 62.3% and 84.2% on D2, and 72.7%, 59.6% and 73.7% on D4 for the 6% LDL + 20 mm glutamine, 20% EY and 6% LDL extenders, respectively. The acridine orange test was positive; in nearly 100% of cases, none of the spermatozoa had been denatured on D0, D2 and D4. The 6% LDL + 20 mm glutamine and the 6% LDL extenders are capable of preserving spermatozoa that have been stored in a domestic refrigerator at +4°C for at least 4 days. This means that the spermatozoa retain good cytoplasmic membrane integrity, had not capacitated and contained intact DNA in comparison with spermatozoa preserved in the egg yolk extender. The duration of storage is a very important consideration when faced with the problem of sending semen over ever-greater distances.
    Reproduction in Domestic Animals 07/2012; 48(2). DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0531.2012.02142.x · 1.52 Impact Factor